In my 20s, I worked my way from a size 16 to a size 4. (Read my article: Weight Loss Reads for the Diet Weary Woman). In my 30s, I had a second phase of weight struggle. I kept putting on ten pounds of winter weight. I was swinging from a size 6 to a size 8 each year.
Now, I am a healthy size 5. I got there -and stay there- with the help of these three reads. Here are my favorite life-style lifter and weight maintenance books. I hope they encourage you as much as they have helped me.
The Martini Diet by Jennifer “Gin” Sander:
If exercise is not your thing, this may be the book for you. The Martini Diet is all about lifestyle changes and feeling fabulous. Maybe you don’t want to be a ripped athlete, but you want to be more comfortable with your body. You want that glass of wine, but you want out of the mommy jeans.
With immense humor and flash, Jennifer Sanders encourages the reader to find a means of exercise that you like and makes you feel sexy. For example, Horseback riding requires tight pants. Tennis requires short skirts. Reading this book led me into discovering that exercise doesn’t always have to be about weight loss. My mind shifted into being active for the fun of it. So, I took up ballroom dancing, pole dancing, and got a gym membership at the local five-star hotel!
The best advice she gives (if you don’t read the book) is to eat meal portions that fit in a martini glass. The good and bad news is that this book is out of print. So, pick up a used copy for 99 cents at Amazon! I own all of her “lifestyle” books. This book is the girlfriend you want to pick up and sit by the poolside in your bikini with.
Splenda Recipes Online:
I’m no doctor or scientist. I’m just saying what worked for me, girlfriend. A friend of mine and I went on a team weight loss journey several years back. Our routine involved watching Oprah every day after work while doing Pilates in the living room and… switching from sugar to Splenda. Voila! She lost more than I did, but her thigh and ab strength were super-human. I couldn’t compete. She made a killer Splenda cheese cake and strawberry smoothie, too. Many years later, I still use Splenda for my daily two-cup coffee fix.
Eat the Cookie …Buy the Shoes by Joyce Meyer:
This book is about rewarding yourself for a job well done and celebrating life. This is not a diet book, but I can’t think of better advice for any weight loss strategy. Instead of berating yourself for half a cookie, eat the whole cookie when you’ve earned it!
Joyce Meyer encourages you to truly enjoy who you are and the life you have. Reading this book reminded me of my Super-hero Splenda buddy. She would let me know each week what she was going to “indulge” in. One week, she indulged in Pink. She wore a different pink outfit every day.
In response, I indulged in reading romance novels. I had never read one before. I always felt guilty about how frivolous fiction was! I am as type A as they get babe, so trust me when I say that this book can help you live with self-control and relax and enjoy yourself. Don’t be weary, dear. You will get there, so enjoy the journey.